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Monday, April 27, 2009

First Day of School

Last night, as Matt and I put Ava to bed, we realized that today was a really momentous day.  Today, Ava started full-time daycare at Bright Horizons.  From now on, until she graduates high school and leaves our little nest (wherever in the world that nest is), she'll be going to school all day Monday-Friday.  

On the one hand, it's exciting to see your kid grow up and know that she's totally ready for this next little step on her road.  On the other, of course, you never get to go back.

So, here they are, Ava's first first-day-of-school pictures.


**Update:  Her day went great.  She cried when I left, of course, but then her teachers said she had a really good day.  She'll be exhausted by the end of the week learning the new nap routine and by playing so hard, but she's doing great!  :-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

At 17 Months...

I think I missed this last month, but I wanted to do a little snapshot of Ava at 17 months.

*Our baby really is a toddler these days.  No more bottles, at lot more "mine!".  :-)

*Her vocabulary is getting bigger and bigger.  Probably no one else would understand, but Daddy & I do (probably Sarah, too).  She says house, Dolly, kinky (this is apparently what we're calling Binkies these days), cook (this is book), car, more, hi, bye, Libby, Ellie, Grace, Sarah, poopy, potty, owie, moon, and then all the old stand-bys too.  Uh-oh is still a really big hit.

*Speaking of saying poopy, on more than one occasion, Ava has notified us that her diaper is, in fact, poopy.  The days of potty training are not far off.  (Doing the happy dance here...not to be confused with the peepee dance, of course.)

*She can run!  And, more often than not, she's able to keep her head aligned over her feet...less road rash that way.  :-)

*Ava loves grass.  We got the artificial turf in our backyard and she loves to pet it.  She also loves grass at the park.  She, literally, gets on her hands and knees to feel it.

*Ava is a great body part identifier.  She can point to head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, neck, back, elbow, hair, bellybutton, fingers, hands, and arms.  Libby is less than excited that Ava can point to eyes, however.

*The music thing is still big for this girl.  She sings a lot.  We still do the Chicken Dance, but also Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, and Whole World in His Hands.  We also sing Rock-a-Bye Baby every day...she'll sing it to her dollies on her own.

*One of Ava's favorite games is "lick your face."  She'll lean in to give you a kiss and, at the last moment, change to a full on face lick.  Sort of gross...extremely funny.  Clearly, allowing Libby to raise this one has backfired for us.

*Ava loves to brush her teeth.  It's a struggle to get her to let us do the brushing at night, but she definitely has to have a turn.  She's got good technique...future dentists will be pleased!

*Proving that she's a girl after my own heart, girlie loves shoes.  She carries them around, loves trying them on, and loves to pick out which ones I'll wear for the day.  Walking through the shoe section of a store is more dangerous than the toy aisle.  Have to say, I hope she ends up being a size 8 so we can share in the teen years!

*Today, just this morning, she started trying to jump.  She'd gather up her chubby little baby self, raise her fists in the air, and then one foot up, and then the other - never at the same time, of course.  But, the shouts of "jump, jump" made it clear that she was working hard!


Love you, baby girl.  You keep right on doing your thing.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What do you get...

...when you throw together a hula-hoop, three curtain sheers, a round tablecloth, & some string?

A playhouse!

We made Ava a playhouse for the playroom yesterday.  It's a fun little nook and she really seems to like it.  Fun stuff!


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Scenes from the Playroom

Just a couple quick shots of Ava in the playroom...

Teaching her stuffed friends how to count...
Modeling her homemade shorts in all their 1980s glory...

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Easter

We had a great time on Easter.  We dyed eggs on Saturday, then Ava hunted her basket on our patio Easter morning.  Jelly beans were a big hit!  Then, it was off to a picnic with several of our Vegas family friends.  We had a lovely time picnicing in a nearby park, playing cornhole and hunting candy-filled eggs.


Good times!


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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Just in case you wondered...

...this is how a squirrel eats.

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Be sure to keep scrolling a ways...I had lots of updating to do this week!  -SBC

Grandma is Here!

I had a ton of work to do over Spring Break, so Mom came out to watch Ava while I spent a couple days in Starbucks knocking out some big papers.  (Finished today...yay!)

Matt was home yesterday afternoon, so we took some time and went to the park.  Fun times!





Libby even got to go along to the park.  Ava took her on a walk....then Libby took Ava on a little drag.  :-)

Family Photo Session

We were a little overdue for a family photo shoot.  It was nothing like having a great friend, Carrie, do the photos, but at least we've documented us, as we are now.

Enjoy!

 





The New Van

And, finally, three weeks later, here's our new van!


Working in the Garage

A couple weekends ago, Matt was home on a rare Friday.  We spent the whole day enjoying the beautiful weather outside and helping Matt build a solar water heater for the pool.  Ava and I repotted a new flower for outside our front door and Matt put all his creative effort into warming up our pool early.



In the course of all the trips to Lowes for this project, we also discovered the greatest, cheapest toddler toy ever.  PVC!  Whole bags of connectors for a couple dollars and 6 feet of PVC for a dollar.  Yay for cheap building toys!


The PVC fun also led to the discovery of a strange Ava behavior.  Build PVC into a cross, hold it in front of her, and she does this...every time.

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Weird.